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The “THINK BIG” page will serve as a repository for Women in STEM and STEM Diversity “counter-space” events which pool ideas and solutions to challenges that women and those who are underrepresented in STEM encounter that affect their advancement.

The initial “THINK BIG” session will be held at the WEPAN conference in Colorado, June, 2015. The panel was developed by Dr. Autumn Reed of UMBC’s ADVANCE program, and includes Dr. Cristina Pomales (UPRM), Dr. Patti Ordóñez (UPRR), Dr. Beatriz Zayas (UMET), and Dr. Renetta Tull (UMBC).

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The hastags for this session of the June 2015 WEPAN meeting will be #ThinkBigDiversity #WEPAN2015

Join us live, 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM, Mountain Time, Thursday, June 11, 2015.

[If you are coming in person, the presentation will be held in the Fir Room, Omni Interlocken]

Blog contributions that are posted here will be captured by @PR_ADVANCE on Twitter.

Description of the session:

Think Big! Broadening Horizons for Women in Engineering and Computer Science through Global Scholar Networks

  • Patricia Ordóñez, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras
  • Cristina Pomales, Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaüez
  • Autumn M. Reed, Program Coordinator for Faculty Diversity Initiatives ADVANCE Program, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Renetta G. Tull, Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Student Development
    University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Beatriz Zayas, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Toxicology, Universidad Metropolitana

This panel examines an NSF ADVANCE  proposal that provides women engineering, computer science, and information technology faculty from Puerto Rico access to global networks to facilitate career advancement. Through audience participation in a “Big Think” activity we will identify additional issues, propose solutions, and develop action items for advancement.


To participate:

1) Watch for the questions that will be posted on Twitter #ThinkBigDiversity on Thursday. Post thoughts and discussion items using the hastags: #ThinkBigDiversity #WEPAN2015

2) If you don’t have a Twitter account, you can type your thoughts into the comment section below. You do not need to have a WordPress username to make a comment.

3) If you are at WEPAN, this session is listed under “Engineering Education” with the title on the paper program: “WIE and Computer Science Global Scholar Networks” (yellow font.) In the CONVENE app, it is listed as: “Think Big! Broadening Horizons for Women in Engineering and Computer Science Through Global Scholar Networks.”  Be sure to bring your mobile devices with you. This will be an interactive session. 

  1. Beatriz Zayas permalink

    Congratulations!!! to Karoline Rios a graduate student at my research group in PR. She is at an internship in Germany this summer with a very prestigious researcher and novel Prize. The value of international collaborations should be motivated while in graduate school if possible.

    You go girl!!! or Sie gehen Mädchen (in german) 🙂

    • Karoline permalink

      Thanks to Dr. Zayas for their support and for being part of his research group at the Universidad Metropolitana

  2. Beatriz Zayas permalink

    Opportunities for international collaborations need to be address among STEM women. I had an opportunity to collaborate with a research group at University of Norte Fluminense in Brazil in 2010 and will like to expand other opportunities. They are scientifically and culturally enriching!!! 😉

  3. Cristina Pomales permalink

    We need to broaden the conversation creating spaces for women of color to NETWORK and ADVANCE within their professional, personal and academic fields.

  4. Beatriz Zayas permalink

    This is an excellent opportunity for women in STEM to share their ideas and concerns. Perhaps the best way to NETWORK without needing to leave your laboratory!!! I encourage all the participants of the two workshops hosted in Puerto Rico as part of the ADVANCE Hispanic Women in STEM networking workshops in 2012 and 2014 to take advantage of the “Think BIG” page and share with us their ideas, concerns and invitations. 🙂

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